Summer reading

  A People’s History of the United States: 1492-Present        Howard Zinn Consistently lauded for its lively, readable prose, this revised and updated edition of A People’s History of the United States turns traditional textbook history on its head. Howard Zinn infuses the often-submerged voices of blacks, women, American Indians, war resisters, and poor laborers of all nationalities into this thorough narrative that spans American history from Christopher Columbus’s arrival to an afterword on the Clinton presidency. 752 pages –...
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Swords and more swords

  The Will of God will never take you to where the grace of God will not protect you. Jesus’ resurrection is proof-positive of this. But most Christians-regardless of denomination, status or ministry in the Church-are not satisfied with that kind of grace full protection. Christians, unlike Christ, want Peter with his sword drawn and ready to slice someone’s head open for their protection. Better yet, they want Peter with his own army trained in homicide and ready to kill on command. They desire this not only because their understanding is that many swords are better protection than...
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Church Notes

  The Green Pope? Benedict XVl highlights ecology during WYD SYDNEY, Australia (AP) July 16  The world’s natural resources are being squandered in the pursuit of “insatiable consumption,” Pope Benedict XVI warned in a speech Thursday that also slammed television and the Internet for exalting violence as entertainment. In a major address before more than 200,000 people gathered in Sydney for the Roman Catholic Church’s youth festival, the pope urged his more than 1 billion followers worldwide to resist various types of “poison” that are corroding...
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The Anglican ‘Realignment’ takes shape

  So there we have it: a new, Bible-based, evangelical network of Anglican Churches, mostly in the developing South, has been formed at a conference of 280 bishops in Jerusalem, as a counter-weight within the Anglican Communion. This is not a split or schism. But it can be likened to a Reformation with far-reaching consequences, one that is set to reshape Anglicanism for decades to come – as did, in the nineteenth century, the Oxford movement.  Just as the Oxford movement sought to pull the Church of England back to its Catholic roots and ended up dominating it, so the Fellowship of...
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A Final Act of Vengeance?

   History is replete with stories of those in power who enact a final act of vengeance before they are deposed.  History repeats itself in St. Louis as Archbishop Raymond Burke attempted to crush a faith-filled woman who has consecrated her life to serve the Church as a religious.  Sister Louise Lears has served the inner city parish of St. Cronin as pastoral assistant for many years.  Her work in the parish and as instructor at St. Louis University is well known city-wide.  In his final days in office as Archbishop of St. Louis, Burke issued a Decree of...
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